Curiously enough, mega-star Hrithik Roshan, ‘showman’ film-maker Rakesh Roshan and acclaimed film-music composer Rajesh Roshan all use their legendary composer father Roshan’s name as their second name. Their actual family surname is Nagrath.
Today, July 14, happened to be the 100th birth anniversary of ‘late’ Roshanji, who has left behind a legacy of immortal melodies. The Senior box-office Analyst and retro-music-connoisseur Amod Mehra said, “Versatile Roshan-saab passed away at an untimely age of 50. Despite having given such melodious gems like the foot-tapping qawaali ‘Nigaahen Milaane Ko Jee’, ‘Laaga Chunri Mein Daag’, ‘Rahen Na Rahen Hum’ and the soul-stirring ‘Man Rey Tu Kaahe’, unfortunately, he did not get the kind of elevated recognition, that he actually deserved.”
Veteran Bollywood composer Pyarelal holds Roshan in high regard and considers him a brilliant sangeetkaar. The modest, soft-spoken Roshan bagged his ‘only’ Filmfare Award for his classy score in ‘Taj Mahal’ (1963), which had lilting songs like ‘Jo Vaada Kiya Vo Nibhaana’ and ‘Jo Baat Tujhmein Hai’.
As veteran film composer Anandji-bhai said, “Kamaal ke sureelay yaadgaar kaam sey, waakaay unhonay apna naam ‘roshan’ kar diya.”